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Mireille Dittmann

Dittmann fights age and lack of chances
http://www.theage.com.au/news/Tennis...180108427.html

"Mireille Dittmann is one of Victoria's four best tennis players. Yet each summer, she has to wait for the Australian tournaments to end before she can start playing again..."

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Dittman fights age and lack of chances
By Tim Colebatch
February 26, 2005

Mirielle Dittman is one of Victoria's four best tennis players. Yet each summer, she has to wait for the Australian tournaments to end before she can start playing again.

For her, 2005 began two weeks ago in New Zealand. In Wellington, she reached the final of a $13,000 satellite tournament before losing in three sets to Kiwi No.2 Leanne Baker.

Then last week, across Cook Strait, she lost another final, surrounded by vineyards at Blenheim in New Zealand's sunbelt, losing 7-6 in the final set to Korean Kyung-Mi Chang.

It's a world far from the glamour of the Australian Open, Paris, Wimbledon, New York, or playing Anna Kournikova on centre court in Shanghai, all of which have featured in Dittman's tennis life. These days her hotels are backpacker hostels, and the $2800 prizemoney from two weeks in NZ a godsend.

"That's a good start to the year", she said. "It gets my ranking down to about 400. What I needed was just to get some match play."

But wait. Why does a player ranked 16th in Australia need match play after the five Australian tournaments to which Tennis Australia has handed out wildcards or direct entry to 24 Australian players? It's simple: Dittman is seen as too old. She is 30. So Tennis Australia ignored her while handing out wildcards into qualifying rounds to nine younger players ranked below her. One teenager she defeated twice in November got three wildcards in January, while Dittman got none.

It's been the story of her life. "My age group missed a lot of opportunities," she said. "When I was younger, the wildcards went to older girls with higher rankings. Now I'm older, they're giving them to younger girls with lower rankings. But many people develop later, and I'm one."

This week she is playing in Bendigo, in a $35,000 challenger event, , where she will play Evie Dominikovic in the quarter-finals, then joining the Victorian satellite circuit on grass. At 30, surely she must be thinking of giving it away? Not yet, she says. "It does get depressing at times, but you fight on."
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Mirielle What a trooper - hope she has a great year! Quarters in bendigo will help!

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Wonder what her schedule is gonna be?

she is playing German League Tennis but i don't know when that starts/finsihes

hopefully she goes to europe and does well at the events over there and can get back up into the top 300/250 and get into fo qualies!

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OMG just looked at Mireille's doubles record her tiebreaker hell ride started in both singles and doubles at the $25K Challenger in Les Contamines in Jul 2003.

Since then Mireille is 2-15 in tiebreakers in doubles, and 2-16 in tiebreakers in singles, combined thats 4-31!!!

Interesting that it started at a tournament where she had won of her best wins of Bianka Lamade!
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Thats a bad record

i have a similar record where i lose the first set like 8 out of 10 times

but geez a tie break record like that is absolutely disasterous !!

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very similar to my records

Good luck to the West Aussies in 2013!:
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I saw Mireille had entered a $25k (either Mexico or US) was on the entry list yesterday. Not there today & there is no withdrawal info either . I'm presuming this is due to an injury in Yarrawonga where she pulled out at 0-4 in the 3rd set of her 1st round .
Hopefully we'll see some results next week .
& T.A will look after her this Summer if her results keep going the way they had been prior to $10K Aus circuit .
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Dittmann is playing Jackson $25K Qualifying next week. She pulled out of $75K Dothan and is playing the $10K in Japan the following week. Hopefully she will then go on to play the $25K in Japan the week after
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Thanks Ausboy, I was hoping she'd play another $10k while she was over there. Is then playing in a $25k in Japan the following week. She only has to win like another 18 points for the rest of the year to be even with last year. If she can just get her tiebreak problem sorted, she should get straight into a some MD's in January - since she obviously can't hope for any WC's from TA!
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Mireille has like 0.5 of a point to defend until July! Her rank certainly cant drop!

I dont know about her getting into some MD's directly but if she can get back into the 200's then maybe she will be given some qualifying WC's next summer!

Btw her surname has a double NN at the end, u might wanna correct your username hehe
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Mirielle,

IMO should be over playing in europe

that where she has her best results

love for her to get back into 200's

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Mirielle,

IMO should be over playing in europe

that where she has her best results

love for her to get back into 200's
Last year was a disaster for her in Europe, she kept qualifying for all the $25K's and losing in the 1st round main draw! She had a win loss of 24-12 but walked away with like 15 points or something!
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Ahh i die at the toiught of a 15 Hr flight to Dubai then 5+ hours to some europea country
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